Each year approximately five hundred thousand babies are born prematurely in the United States. Preemies come with a special set of needs and concerns, including physical health challenges, developmental delays, and complex decisions for parents to make. Join Nurse Rona and guests for a discussion about caring for the child in your life while also taking care of your emotional health. • Alison Brooks, RNC, MS, the clinical nurse specialist in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Alta Bates... ( 1 reviews )
The New Year is just a week away and brings with it the opportunity for parents and teachers to communicate about a child’s social, emotional, and academic needs. What resources are available for your child with special needs? Join Nurse Rona and guests to discuss effective ways to recognize and negotiate for the best school environment, starting with preschool. • Wendy Byrnes, parent advocate and outreach coordinator for College Living Experience. • Dr. Eileen Crumm, MPA, PhD, the... ( 1 reviews )
Did you know that you could get your children on the road to reading simply by reading aloud to them every day? Tune in as Rona and her guests discuss wonderful ways to help your child fall in love with learning. Guests: Janell Flores, Director of San Francisco's Raising a Reader program, and Hildegarde Ayer, Executive Director of the Lee Pesky Learning Center and co-author of the new book Every Child Ready to Read. ( 4 reviews )
As more and more children attend pre-school, childcare providers and parents need to keep the social, emotional, and cultural needs of young children in mind. Guests: Karen Blinstrub, Executive Director of Child, Family and Community Services, Inc., and Dr. Paula Moten-Tolson of Safe Passages and First 5 Contra Costa. ( 4 reviews )
Your child may be smart, creative, and perceptive and also be challenging-impulsive, active, distractable. There are many causes for these problems, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is only one possibility. Guest Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, MD, founder of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Massachusetts. ( 1 reviews )
Choosing gifts that are meaningful and educational for children during the holidays can be a challenge for parents. Guests: Stephanne Auerbach, known as Dr. Toy, researches and reviews children's products. Susan Marchant, MA, CCLS, is the Manager of Child Life Services and Education at Children's Hospital and Research Center, Oakland.
Parents who adopt across racial lines face particular challenges and opportunities. Guests Beth Hall, Executive Director of PACT, An Adoption Alliance, and William Rogers, an adoptive dad in a transracial family and a board member for the Our Family Coalition, join Rona in a discussion about the questions, complexities and joys of adoption.
Why do teenagers use drugs and what can their parents do about it? Guests: Dr. Alex Stalcup, MD, Director of the New Leaf Treatment Center in Lafayette. Meredith Maran, author and journalist, and mother of two sons. Find resources at her web site.
A nutritious and balanced diet is important for the healthy growth and development of young children. Guests: Gail Woodward-Lopez, MPH, RD, currently Associate Director of the Center for Weight and Health at UC Berkeley. Norma Molina, RD, Public Health Nutritionist for the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
Safety is a concern in the water, riding bikes, and everywhere your children play. Guests: Nancy Baer, Manager of Injury Prevention Programs, Contra Costa Health Services. Joseph Browne, MD, MPH, a Pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center.
Children develop differently and sometimes parents have concerns about the physical or cognitive development of their child. Guests: Ms. Kate Warren, Executive Director of Family Resource Network of Alameda County. James Ricks facilitates a support group for parents with kids with special needs.
You are your child's best advocate - particularly if your child has learning difficulties or developmental challenges. Rona and her guests Wendy Byrnes, Parent Advocate with the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) and Laurel Fichman, Early Intervention Specialist and Program Director of Matrix Parents Network and Resource Center of Marin discuss the rights, responsibilities and resources available for parents of children with special needs.
Parents can make every day special by creating simple rituals around even the smallest daily event. Guests, Meg Cox is an author and journalist. Her latest book is the Book of New Family Traditions. Keith Burrell is a Marriage and Family Therapist working with children and families with Bay Area Community Resources (BACR).
Pediatricians know about many things that are important to parents-from temperament to bedwetting-that are more than medical topics. Your child may be active and persistent, or shy and quiet. Each different child presents a different set of challenges for a parent. Guests: Peter Levine, MD
Children are forever pushing boundaries -- and their parents' "hot" buttons. Rona and guests Patty Wipfler of the Parents Leadership Institute and Stan Seiderman, director of the Fairfax-San Anselmo Children's Center, describe effective ways to set limits with love.
Every couple argue, a lot or a little, fairly or unfairly, and they manage to regain friendly relations. We all want to regain friendly relations as quickly as possible and at least as often as we fight. Guests: Mick Renner, PhD, Rachel Biale
Tune in as Rona and her guests discuss sleep patterns and helpful strategies for getting little ones to sleep. Guests: Jane Anderson, clinical professor and Acting Chief of Pediatrics at the UCSF/Mount Zion Medical Center in San Francisco; T. Berry Brazelton, creator of the best-selling Touchpoints books, video and outreach program and the author of Sleep: The Brazelton Way.
Declaring a racial identity may be easy for most of us, but not for the increasing numbers of biracial and transracial children. Rona and guests Tarah Fleming, the Diversity Specialist at Berkeley's Childcare Health Program, and Joemy Ito-Gates, founder of the Fusion Program for Mixed Heritage Youth, discuss the unique issues facing multi-ethnic families.
Becoming a foster parent is one of the greatest gifts you can provide to another human being. Guests: Rebecca Perez-Ochoa, Social Worker with the Santa Clara Department of Family & Children Services. Kathryn Cleberg, RN, Vice President of Foster Family Network, the local Contra Costa County branch of the state foster parent association.
Children are more susceptible than adults to environmental health hazards. What puts children at risk? Guests: Gina Solomon, MD is a Senior Scientist in the Health and Environment Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Associate Director of the UCSF Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit. Susan JunFish, MPH, founder of Parents for a Safer Environment, a grass-roots organization dedicated to educating the community on environmental hazards in childcare facilities and...
Childhood Matters works hard to make each show a meaningful and relevant learning experience for listeners. This show asks for listener suggestions and feedback. Guests: Hillary Flynn, MSW, producer for Childhood Matters. Jairo Guiza, social services consultant and parent advocate.
Summer is almost upon us. How can you keep your children safe in the car, swimming, camping, playing or even hanging around your own house? Guests: Mark Altman of The Childproofer, Family Nurse Practitioner Anne Piotrowski-Altman, and Dr. Jim Carpenter of the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center
Child care is a major part of the early experience of many children. The percentage of children in child care is growing, so child care will have an increasing impact on our society. We have scheduled a terrific guest in-studio:
Traveling this summer with your family? Learn how to prepare yourself and your kids for a fun and safe summer vacation. Guests: Vicki Lansky, author of Trouble-Free Travel with Children; Dr. Susan Anderson, MD, Travel Tropical and Wilderness Medicine Consultant at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic.
Chilly, rainy weather is right around the corner, and so are colds, flu, asthma and other winter illnesses. Rona and her guests Dr. Stephen Harris, a pediatrician with the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and Dr. Ifeoma Ikenze, homeopathic pediatrician and director of the Elizabeth Medical Clinic in San Anselmo, help parents sort out the right treatment decisions for their kids.
Having a baby may be thrilling and rewarding, but it's also life-changing, stressful and overwhelming. Rona and her guests Dr. Shoshana Bennett, co-author of the book Beyond The Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Postpartum and Prenatal Depression, and David Klinker, advocate for husbands of postpartum depression survivors, discuss the impact of the "baby blues" on the entire family.
New parents experience a wide range of emotional, physical and chemical changes after the birth of their baby. Rona and her guests discuss how moms and dads can minimize the difficult parts of this transitional time. Guests: Shoshanna Bennett, PhD, President of Postpartum Health Alliance in California. Contact her at Postpartum Assistance for Mothers. Joanne Jasson, RN, Certified Lactation Consultant at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland.
Childhood Matters celebrates our second anniversary on the air by celebrating the people who made us a success - our wonderful listeners. Rona and two of our favorite parents, Kisha Grove and James Ricks, welcome your calls.
Immunization against common infections of childhood have led to healthier lives, but there are issues and concerns about these shots. Guest: Catherine Albin, MD, PhD, Chair of the Pediatrics Department at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. For information about immunizations, see the Center for Disease Control web site for immunizations.
Do you have questions about your child's health or development? Guest pediatrician is Al Goldberg, MD who has a private pediatric practice in San Rafael, and serves on the pediatric staff of Marin General Hospital.
Mental illnesses and disorders affect thousands of families. Everyone in such families faces difficult issues. Guests: Steve Hinshaw, PhD, Professor of Psychology at University of California, Berkeley, has recently authored The Years of Silence Are Past: My Father's Life with Bipolar Disorder. David Donovan, PhD, a practicing psychologist in the San Francisco bay area. Resources.
Being aware of children's needs as they begin or return to school can assist any parent with a smooth and successful transition. Guests: Host Mike Riera, new Head of the Redwood Day School of Oakland and author of Staying Connected to Your Teenager, Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers and Right From Wrong: Instilling a Sense of Integrity in Your Child, Kathy Duhl also of Redwood Day School, and Jean C. Monroe, Early Care & Education Consultant and Childhood Development Specialist.
The doctor is in! Rona and Dr. Deborah Gould, Chief of Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, answer your questions about access to health care, your child's well being, community resources, winter illnesses and more.
Cleaning agents, sandwich bags, lunch foods and even toys can contain chemicals that may harm your family. Find out how to make your child's environment less hazardous. Guests: Dr. Gina Solomon, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Andy Peri, Public Health Analyst with the Turtle Island Restoration Network.
It's more than just brushing! Attention to children's oral health begins well before the child's first tooth arrives. Guest: David H. Lees, DDS, JD, MBA. Dr. Lees is the Children's Dental Initiative Director at The Health Trust.
Children with special physical, emotional or learning needs have an impact on everyone around them - at school, in the world and particularly within the family. Join guest host Mike Riera, headmaster of the Redwood Day School, and guests James Ricks, facilitator of father's groups for the Family Resource Network, and Katherine Cleberg of the Foster Family Network as they address this complex subject.
Associate Producer Lacey Daniell spoke with Dr. David Alexander, President and CEO at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health about what unique challenges face families with children with special health care needs. For more information on the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, visit http://www.lpfch.org/
Associate Producer Lacey Daniell spoke with Dr. David Alexander, president and CEO at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health about what unique challenges face families with children with special health care needs. For more information on the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, click here.
Many parents find themselves yelling at their kids, surprised because "it's the holidays, when everyone is supposed to be happy." Holiday stresses seem to put parents on edge, and it's all too easy to take it out on children. Guests: Luna Calderon, MS.
The holidays bring us face to face with how we are to connect as a family to our deepest beliefs. How do you celebrate? How do you include your very young child in your celebration? Do you do something special for your youngster? Guests: Dr. Ruth Gubkin and Robin Ortiz-Young
Overweight kids are a growing crisis in America. Rona and guests Nora Norback, clinical nutrition educator at Kaiser Permanente, and Karyn Holder-Jackson of the American Diabetes Association share strategies to get the whole family eating better and moving more.
Do you have questions about proposals to institute a universal pre-school policy in California? Rona interviews Rob Reiner. Guests: Assemblywoman Wilma Chan of the 16th Assembly District in California, co-author of AB 56, the Preschool for All program. More info. Yolanda Garcia is the Director of the Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, a project of WestEd.
Children who learn to love reading almost always have a parent who read aloud to them very early. Reading aloud to your child is the single most important thing you can do to prepare your child for school. Guests: Barry Zuckerman, MD
Our first show presented two wonderful pediatricians, Dr. Mel Burman and Dr. Susan Lindheim discussing childhood matters such as: How many immunizations does my baby really need? How do I find a pediatrician I can trust?
Parents and caregivers of children with special needs face unique emotional and practical challenges every day. Guest host James Ricks is the facilitator of a father's support group at the Family Resource Network of Alameda County. Dr. Lucia Milburn, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist at Oakland Childrens Hospital's Parent Infant Program.
Today, children are exposed to more traumatic experiences than any parent would like. Rona and two of America's leading trauma experts, Dr. Bruce Perry of Houston's ChildTrauma Academy and Dr. Herb Schreier, a psychiatrist at Children's Hospital Oakland, discuss the impact of trauma and violence on children's mental and emotional development.